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Carfentanil on Nelson’s streets, cops warn

Carfentanil, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids and fentanyl analogs, has been found on the streets of Nelson.

One of the most dangerous illegal drugs in the world has been found on the streets of Nelson, police say.

Carfentanil, a synthetic drug suspected in the deaths of hundreds of people worldwide, was found in suspected counterfeit oxycodone tablets seized from a subject during a recent arrest.

“The Nelson Police Department received the notification of the presence of Carfentanil from Health Canada, a federal agency which analyses drugs seized by police for criminal prosecution,” said Detective Constable David Laing in a news release issued Wednesday.

Nelson SAR kept busy with three callouts in as many days

Nelson SAR used a helicopter to assist in the rescue of some missing outdoor enthusiasts during the past few days. — Photo courtesy Nelson SAR

Nelson Search and Rescue members were kept busy the past few days with three calls since Sunday.

The influx started Sunday (February 26) morning at 1:20 a.m. when NSAR were paged to assist South Columbia colleagues after two snowmobilers were reported overdue following a trip into the backcountry in the Bombi Summit south of Castlegar Saturday.

The end is near as South Slocan Overhead project goes to tender

Construction at the South Slocan Bridge near the Dam Inn is anticipated to start this spring. — The Nelson Daily file photo

The long awaited upgrade to replacing the bridge on Highway 3A near South Slocan appears to be in its final stage as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced the project will go to tender construction anticipated to start this spring.

On a media release Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said the province has listened to the public regarding the significance of this this project.

Nelson's Coldest Night of the Year Walk fundraiser tops $47,000

More than 350 walkers braved very cool temperatures to participate in the 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk. — Bruce Fuhr photos, The Nelson Daily

Hundreds of Nelsonites joined Canadians in more than 100 communities across the country to raise money for the hungry, homeless and hurting citizens during 2017 Coldest Night of the Year Walk.

The super-fun, family-friendly event is held across Canada on the last Saturday of February, this year February 25.

Outside the former Central School in Nelson, opening ceremony speakers Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski and Jenny Robinson of Nelson Cares saluted the more than 350 walkers who braved sub-zero temperatures to raise money for affordable housing in Nelson.

Letter: Would taxpayers approve?

To The Editor:

The issue of problems with the quality of care in senior facilities has been widely reported in the last year which has been confirmed by the Senior Advocates Reports.

As a result of these reports, the citizens of BC have been expecting some news of improvements concerning staffing levels, enforcement procedures and enhanced training.

Boater wants more than study on Taghum-Blewett boat launch

The Fisherman Pit boat launch was the last spot the public could access Kootenay River near Taghum-Blewett. But that was three summers ago when Teck closed the area and still no boat launch. — The Nelson Daily file photo

Local boaters are wondering if doubling the amount of money to study a new location for a boat launch on the Kootenay River is actually going to result in anything getting done.

The Regional District of the Central Kootenay’s board voted last week to spend $20,000 for a study into the feasibility and location of a new boat launch on the river near Taghum.

 “For safety and to help preserve a way a life, the area needs one,” says Ramona Faust, the director for Area E. “This is a necessary thing.”

YRB urges caution as winter driving continues for highway driving

Highway 6 near Whitewater Ski Hill entrance is wet and slippery. — DriveBC photo

Yellowhead Road & Bridge Ltd. is asking the public to use caution when driving the highways in the region after a high amount of moisture was received during the past 24 hours.

"We have received 4 mm of rain in the valley over night with steady to heavy rainfall forecasted through the day today," said Marc Dale of YRB.

"The large volume of snow we have received along with the rising temperatures are producing slippery conditions, particularly on side roads which have compact snow."

NPD says online classified ad fraud targeting Nelson residents

There's another scam making its rounds in the Heritage City Sergeant Corey Hoy of the Nelson Police Department said Monday in a media release.

Hoy said the new fraud targets Nelson area residents utilizing online classified ads.

"Respondents to ads for employment have been receiving fake cheques in the mail," Hoy explained.

"Once the cheque is obtained, victims of this fraud are requested to electronically forward large sums of money to other people in other cities."

FortisBC reaches out to public regarding ideas for future of South Slocan facilities

People attending last weeks meeting hosted by FortisBC at the Taghum Hall look at airiel maps of the area. - Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

A small gathering of the public braved last week’s winter storm to attend an information session at the Taghum Hall near Nelson to discuss options for buildings at the FortisBC South Slocan facility.

The electric power and gas distribution-retail giant is in the process of moving operations from South Slocan to a new $20-plus million centralized Kootenay Operations Centre near Castlegar in the fall.

Nelsonites hold vigil for victims of Quebec City mosque attack

People from all beliefs came together Sunday a Prayer Vigil & Candlelight Procession show sympathy and support for the victims of the appalling attack at the mosque in Sainte- Foy, Quebec. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyFoy, Quebec.

Close to 100 people from all faiths joined together at the Anglican Church in Nelson for a Prayer Vigil & Candlelight Procession after a gunman shot six people last week at a Quebec City mosque.

"It was nice to see everyone come together to show our support for the Muslim community in Quebec," said a person as she left the vigil outside Nelson City Hall.

The Vigil was organized by the Anglican Church in Nelson to show sympathy and support for the victims of the appalling attack at the mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec.